From monohull to multihull


 
We talk to the Tornado class' only mixed pairing - Olympic veterans Carolijn Brouwer and Sebbe Godefroid
One of the most interesting partnerships in Olympic sailing at present is that of Sebastien Godefroid and Carolijn Brouwer, the only mixed crew with Olympic pretentions actively campaigning a Tornado. The couple, who are best described as continental Europe's answer to the McDonalds - Godefroid even has the same curly blond crop as Neal, both have enviable sailing records. Brouwer, 32, was a well known Europe campaigner, who when she stepped out of the Laser Radial into the women's Olympic singlehanded in 1996 was all but unbeatable in her first season winning SPA, Hyeres as well as the World Championships. She followed this up with another Worlds win in the Europe in 1998 and won ISAF Sailor of the Year in 1998. Oddly she ended up representing the Netherlands in the 470 in Sydney where she finished 13th. For Athens she again returned to the Europe being a regular top placer in the class, but finishing a disappointing 19th. In the middle of her last Olympic campaign she took time out to be part of Lisa McDonald's Amer Sport Too crew in the last Volvo Ocean Race. Godefroid's name is even more closely association with the Finn which he has campaigned over the last three Olympic cycles, winning silver in Atlanta in 1996, the Europeans in 1998 and being the last sailor to win the Finn Gold Cup (in 2001) prior to Ben Ainslie moving in to dominate the class. Like his other half, Godefroid has also had experience of big boats having been crew on Jean-Luc Nelias's ORMA 60 trimaran Belgacom. Brouwer and Godefroid have now been sailing the Tornado for almost a year having only had their first taste of small cat sailing a year ago at the glamorous Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta. Becoming hooked on the cat

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